Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ok, I am going to start this review stating that I, in the past, have loved this sort of thing, I have read a lot of time travel (and back to Scotland, always back to Scotland!), indeed, it was all I read for awhile.
In the last year or so, however, I have preferred reading Contemporary books, so that may well have some influence on my enjoyment of this book.
I have had this series on my radar as a to read for quite a while, so was quite excited to start it.
Now, when it started, it was a bit all over the place, lots of people mentioned or shown and as if I should already know who they are.
But it settled down, and things became clear, and I got into it.
I struggled to like either the H or h first, but the H was soon getting my sympathy!
Hawk was supposed to be this powerful man, handsome, able to and has had any woman he desires in his bed, strong, notorious, feared etc….yet he falls in love with Adrienne very quickly, and it is hard to see why he does!
Adrienne, yes, we are meant to believe she has issues with “beautiful men”, well, only one, the only man in her past, so she tars every other beautiful man with the same brush!
She was mean to Hawk, every time she used Adam’s name with him, it would state how much this was hurting her but she had to harden her heart against beautiful men It just seemed all a bit mean girls on her part, juvenile and nasty.
I started to really enjoy it in the latter half, and Adrienne realised how unfair she had been, and instead the focus was on them as a couple having to deal with the outside forces that was threatening to tear them apart. I just wish that had come sooner.
And while I do not expect a book like this to be very historically factual and massively well researched with regards to that, sometimes the 15th century characters sounded quite modern…a character using the term “If you catch my drift” for example. And this was not a character that could have picked up this saying from Adrienne!
It also felt like some certain things were mentioned but then never explored, such as Adrienne being an orphan, not knowing who her parents were, and feeling like the 15th century was home to her….I was reading that half expecting that to be made into something bigger but it never was.
But, all in all, it was a solid 3 stars, I did enjoy it, and do want to read the rest of the series, I just, unlike some other books I really love,do not NEED to read them all now!
Amazon Uk Link: Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander Book 1)